Big Sigh. Yep NaNoWriMo was a big FAIL. I was sick the week before and after a great start on day one I just couldn’t figure out where I was going. So after spending a week not writing I decided to try to figure out what the problem was and start dealing with that. The short answer, after some soul searching and research, is that I needed a very detailed plan to cope with such a big daily word output.
This then led to the realization that I didn’t know how to do that, at least not in a way that I was happy with, so I started researching. Firstly I came across Rock Your Plot and purchased the ebook and audio book. There is also a great website with further resources. Then I added to what I learned there with a great post on Advance Fiction Writing. Between these two sites I had created a spreadsheet to start filling out scene by scene.
The next road block I faced was when looking at all the scenes/sequences that I needed to sketch out. I turned to Jim Butcher’s series of posts on Live Journal (he writes the series The Dresden Files) for some advice. Might as well go to a professional whose work I love. His posts made a lot of sense but I still needed something more.
Digging deeper I started to read Story Structure Architect. This had 55 dramatic situations to delve into and now I was starting to get my head around how to weave my story and manage subplots.
There is still much reading and work to do but now I have the beginnings of a structure to weave a story around.
Happy Writing 🙂
So after getting ready to try out my short story plan my life took a turn for the busy and I only managed to write on two days and produce approx 300 words per 30 min block. What should have been obvious to me was that I needed to have a tighter plan for the actual story outline, something as detailed as the structure with word count plan. I had planned this for the 50, 000 word story but thought I might be able to manage without this for 5000 words. Ah no. Big fail. Also I never did actually decide when or how I was going to get time to write. Yeah that doesn’t work either.
Ok back to the drawing board. I have 23 days to research and produce a plan for how I am going to tackle NaNoWriMo 2013 with some possibility for success. I have two weeks off work, I am having surgery, not life threatening but it will provide me with time to scope out this problem and provide a workable solution. I think the things I need to tackle are:
- Time management
- Story research
- Detailed daily story points overview
I am going to have to trust that the only way to succeed is to not give up. Its a bit like getting my degree. I did unit after unit over serveral years towards a very specific goal. This time the end goal is becoming a published novelist. Although this is more like external studies where you have a task that you do by yourself outside of the rigid structure of attending classes.
The first unit I am doing is ‘NaNoWriMo – Producing 50, 000 words in a month’. I remember many a unit that I took, especially in the beginning, when I doubted that I could pass it and therefore fail to gain my degree. In the end it was that I never gave up no matter how much I doubted myself. I would just try to look at the task I had in front of me at that moment and get on with it. This is just the same. The doubt is still there. I never feel like I can do something until I have done it. Sometimes I did fail a unit. The only thing to do was go straight back and try again. The second time around I always wondered why I thought this was hard the first time. The road to success for me seems plagued with doubt and some failure but it is a road to success.
So nothing to do but keep trying.
Goodnight and good luck fellow writers 🙂